How to Change DNS
Today most of world is enjoying the benefits of being able to connect almost instantaneously through the internet. Yet with all of its benefits, so few persons understand the process that goes on in the background and what drives this complex system to be as efficient as it is. The World Wide Web has made it possible for millions of files to be saved and transferred across thousands of miles between millions of persons all at once.
Behind every single website there is a DNS. The DNS (Domain Name Server) is what a website uses to translate domain names into numerical IP addresses. The domain name is the actual address used by individuals to access a website through the World Wide Web such as www.google.com. The DNS is responsible for persons being able to browse through a web page and being able to access all of its capabilities. If there are certain technical issues with the site, the DNS may need to adjusted or updated. If a website is being transferred to another web host, your DNS will need to be adjusted in order to direct users to your website’s new server. During the process of changing out your DNS your website and all its capabilities, such as email and FTP, will be disabled. In this article we will provide you with all the instructions on how to make this change.
- Ensure that you have completed any downloads that you may have started and that you have closed all of your web browsers. Also, it is strongly recommended that you make a backup copy of your current website on the new hosting web server.
- There are a few ways of getting to your network settings depending on how your computer is set up. If you already have a shortcut on your desktop for “My Network Place” then you can simply right click this icon and select “Properties”. If not, you can find it by going to the left bottom corner of your screen and clicking “Start”, then go to “Control Panel” and then “Network Connections”.
- Now find and select your local network, which is usually labelled “Local Area Connection” and right click on your mouse to access the properties where you will see a “General Tab”. Go to and select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and change the selection from “Obtain DNS server address automatically” to the option “Use the following DNS server address”.
- Now get the new set of DNS numbers from your new web host and then enter the details for and click “Ok”. Within a few hours or when told by your web hosts, your website should be back online to be manoeuvred by the regular users.
Tips & Warnings
- Whenever you go to local area network folder you may also have more than one connection. Just determine which one is the correct one to use and continue it.
- Every change made to the DNS record usually takes a minimum of 4 hours to broadcast online, so be careful when making changes since repeated adjustments are normally updated slower.
- If your new settings are causing your Internet to not function properly, you can ask for a trained professional to come in and have a look on it.